Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans

Sure… the title for this recipe “Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans” is a mouthful…but so are these steel cut oats! They’re delicious!Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I grew up eating oatmeal…and didn’t like it so much. I preferred my oatmeal in a COOKIE, thank you very much! But as an adult, I’ve discovered I actually like oatmeal, especially Steel Cut Oats! The caveat to this is I like steel cut oats if they are “classed up” a bit with some tasty add-ins!

This is THAT kind of steel cut oats recipe! The kind of recipe where you take the humble oats and add in chopped apples, cinnamon, pecans, dried cranberries, brown sugar…well, you get the picture!

I love to make this recipe because by the time I add all the good stuff in, I have enough for 6 decent sized servings. The oats will really firm up when refrigerated, and I LOVE to eat them cold, with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt on top, along with a drizzle of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon on top (for pizzazz!) It’s so good! Of course, this recipe is great eaten hot, as well… (but remember to leave off the yogurt and honey at the end).

Plastic containers of steel cut oats with yogurt

I like to package these up in little plastic cups with lids on them…then my oatmeal becomes a “Grab and Go” kind of meal. I just keep them in the refrigerator, then just grab one any time I want, or can take it with me in the car if I’m in a hurry! See how cute they look in their little “Grab and Go” cups?

The first time I tried making steel cut oats and decided to eat them cold, I was skeptical I would them served that way. Well, I was totally surprised at how fantastic it tastes! If you told me a year ago that I’d enjoy cold steel cut oats I would have laughed. I’m not laughing now…I LOVE it, and I love the convenience of being able to make a few servings extra, ahead of time. Perfect…

Hope you will give this recipe a try.

Author's signatureRecipe Source: My brain, plus instructions for making oats on the back of bag.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Steel cut oats, combined with apples, cinnamon, pecans, cranberries and brown sugar. Yum!
Category: Breakfast
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 220 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 green apple , large, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts), chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar , heaping
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 Tablespoons plain , Greek yogurt (for topping oats-this is optional, but I recommend)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey (to drizzle on top of yogurt topping-this is optional, but I recommend)
  • Additional cinnamon (to sprinkle on top of yogurt and honey-this is optional, but I recommend)
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the steel cut oats, salt, chopped apple, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Stir well to combine and continue cooking and stirring occasionally for approximately 7-10 minutes, until water has all been incorporated into oats.
  4. When oats are done cooking, remove pan from heat; add in the vanilla and stir.
  5. If eating warm, serve it at this point.
  6. If eating cold (YUM), place oat mixture into a covered container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  7. When ready to serve, divide into 6 equal portions. On top of each serving, place a large dollop (1 Tablespoon) of yogurt, then a drizzle of honey on top of yogurt, then a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of honey. Serve and ENJOY!
Recipe Notes

I have also added in just a bit of vanilla almond milk at times to the finished product (especially if eating it warm). If desired, you can also add in 1/2 cup milk to the recipe...just decrease the water used to 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats With Pecans
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Sodium 59mg 2%
Potassium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 6g 12%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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